Legislature(2009 - 2010)

04/16/2010 10:47 AM FIN


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CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 294(FIN)                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act amending the termination date of the licensing                                                                     
     of sport fishing operators and sport fishing guides;                                                                       
     and providing for an effective date."                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR LESIL MCGUIRE, SPONSOR,  explained that SB 294 would                                                                    
extend  the Sport  Fish Guide  License Program.  The program                                                                    
required sport  fish guides to  maintain a minimal  level of                                                                    
insurance and first aid training.  The bill would also allow                                                                    
for the collection and reporting  of catch data, which would                                                                    
benefits  both commercial  and  sport  fishermen alike.  The                                                                    
catch  data  collected  as  a  result  of  the  program  was                                                                    
important  for   the  effective  state  management   of  the                                                                    
resource. She  noted the importance  of the catch  data when                                                                    
figuring escapement levels. The  Department of Fish and Game                                                                    
urged support of the bill.  She added that, were the program                                                                    
to sunset, a  federal existed, however it was  in the states                                                                    
best interest to maintain state management.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  MARK  NEUMAN  commented  that  in  2009  the                                                                    
program's  efficiency had  been  improved  under the  sunset                                                                    
review.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:55:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stoltze  clarified  that   the  CS  SB  294  (FIN)                                                                    
LS1546\R was the CS currently being discussed in committee.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Ms. McGuire stated  that in the interest  of compromise, the                                                                    
one year extension suggested  by Representative Newman would                                                                    
be acceptable.  She hoped that  over the  interim, continued                                                                    
program efficiencies would be discussed.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stoltze MOVED to ADOPT Conceptual Amendment 1:                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1, line 9 following "January 1,"                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
          Delete "2017"                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
          Insert "2012"                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Renumber accordingly.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hawker OBJECTED for the purpose of discussion.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Doogan wondered  if  Legislative Budget  and                                                                    
Audit  (LB&A) had  offered information  on the  legislation.                                                                    
Co-Chair Stoltze stated that sunset  clauses did not require                                                                    
input from LB&A.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Fairclough requested  more information on the                                                                    
reason for the one year  sunset. She voiced concern that the                                                                    
recent sunset  had been extended  in order to end  the "fish                                                                    
wars" within the  state. She wondered if time  and money was                                                                    
being wasted on the issue.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stoltze responded that  there were still unresolved                                                                    
issues pertaining  to the industry and  the sunset extension                                                                    
would allow for further resolution.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Austerman  understood  that  the  issue  was                                                                    
complicated. He noted two  different approaches suggested by                                                                    
both bodies.  He proposed  that it would  be wise  to extend                                                                    
the sunset  another year, rather  than allowing the  bill to                                                                    
die in committee.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hawker withdrew his OBJECTION to the amendment.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
There being  no further OBJECTION, the  Conceptual Amendment                                                                    
1 was ADOPTED.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stoltze opened public testimony.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:00:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stoltze closed public testimony.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hawker informed the committee  that the fiscal note                                                                    
anticipated  the  board  being extended  through  2012,  and                                                                    
would  need to  be  adjusted to  reflect  a board  extension                                                                    
through 2011.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Representative    Fairclough   maintained    confusion   and                                                                    
discomfort with the one year extension of the sunset.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHARLES   SWANTON,  DIRECTOR,   DIVISION   OF  SPORT   FISH,                                                                    
DEPARTMENT  OF FISH  AND GAME,  stated  that the  department                                                                    
supported the bill with the one year extension.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Representative Austerman commented  that the legislation was                                                                    
a  reflection of  the amount  of confidence  the legislature                                                                    
had  in  the  department  and  thought  that  the  one  year                                                                    
extension  was appropriate.  He suggested  that the  program                                                                    
should be re-evaluated every year.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Senator McGuire  stated that the  declining fish  stocks had                                                                    
made   for  contentious   discussions.   She  insisted   the                                                                    
department  that  had  worked   with  her  to  craft  decent                                                                    
legislation  to  manage  the   state's  fish  resource.  She                                                                    
pointed out  that the department  still used fish  wheels to                                                                    
ascertain  stocks, and  that the  legislature should  assist                                                                    
the department with funding for technological upgrades.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Gara interpreted  that the  department would                                                                    
prefer a  longer extension of  the sunset, but  would accept                                                                    
the one year rather than nothing.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:06:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Kelly opined that  the limited amount of time                                                                    
left in  the legislative session limited  extended committee                                                                    
debate on the issue.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Thomas MOVED  to report HCS CSSB  294(FIN) out of                                                                    
Committee   with   individual    recommendations   and   the                                                                    
accompanying fiscal  note. There being NO  OBJECTION, it was                                                                    
so ordered.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
HCS CSSB 294(FIN) was REPORTED out of Committee with "no                                                                        
recommendation" and attached new fiscal note by the                                                                             
Department of Fish and Game.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
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9:14:15 PM     RECONVENED                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                

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